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OncoCyte Provides Corporate Update and Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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Molecular Diagnostics industry veteran Ron A. Andrews appointed CEO

Melinda Griffith elected to Board of Directors

Strengthened Clinical Operations and Commercial Marketing teams with key management appointments

Conference call today, August 14, at 4:30 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif., Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE American: OCX), a developer of novel, non-invasive tests for the early detection of cancer, today reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and provided a corporate update. 

“I am thrilled to have joined OncoCyte at such a pivotal time in the company’s evolution,” said Ron Andrews, Chief Executive Officer of OncoCyte. “As a member of the Board for over a year before taking my new role, I recognized the potential of OncoCyte’s immune interrogation approach and now as CEO, I can directly apply, on a day to day basis, the key learnings from my deep experience in molecular diagnostics to ensure we transition DetermaVu from the development phase to the clinical setting. Our current efforts are focused on ensuring we have a robust and reproducible test workflow for patient care, and since taking on the role of CEO in early July, we have identified and understand the critical variables that caused us to pause in mid-June.”

Mr. Andrews continued, “We have now clarified the key steps for our development path forward and our R&D team is diligently executing on the plan. We look forward to sharing more details on our conference call today. Importantly, concurrent to our work in the lab, we have also continued to advance our market preparation activities to create the commercial momentum necessary to move DetermaVu™ closer to market. This is just the beginning for OncoCyte, and with our solid balance sheet, I look forward to leading our outstanding team to deliver tests that improve clinical decisions throughout the patient journey in lung cancer and beyond.”


  • Appointed Ron A. Andrews as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2019. Mr. Andrews brings over 30 years of extensive experience in the clinical and molecular diagnostics field, including serving as President of Life Technologies’ Medical Sciences Venture and the Genetic Sciences Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Chief Executive Officer of Clarient, Inc., which was acquired by GE Healthcare, along with senior management roles at Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Immucor Inc., and Abbott Diagnostics. 
  • Appointed Melinda Griffith to Board of Directors as an independent board member.  Ms. Griffith currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Chief Legal Counsel at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and brings extensive business development and legal experience in advising public and private companies in the diagnostics and life sciences sectors.
  • Appointed Padma Sundar as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Market Access. Ms. Sundar brings significant experience in preparing and developing markets for molecular diagnostic tests, with a focus on the liquid biopsy field. She also has relevant experience in commercializing and driving adoption of novel, high value tests, from her experience at companies such as Guardant Health, Roche Sequencing and Affymetrix.
  • Appointed Dr. Kim Dickinson as Vice President of Clinical Operations to help advance OncoCyte’s R&D programs and clinical studies. Dr. Dickinson is an experienced leader in clinical operations and pathology with proven expertise in overseeing global clinical trials and diagnostic testing, with an emphasis on anatomic, clinical and digital pathology. Dr. Dickinson gained her relevant experience at global leaders such as Roche Tissue Diagnostics and Lab Corp where she held senior positions in R&D and Clinical Trial Operations and also served as Medical Director for their clinical trial initiatives.
  • Appointed Tony Kalajian, CPA, MBA as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Kalajian brings over 20 years of experience in domestic and international financial reporting, auditing and accounting, with prior roles at BioTime Inc., STAAR Surgical Company and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights

At June 30, 2019, OncoCyte had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $36.3 million as compared to $8.5 million at December 31, 2018. The balance sheet was strengthened in February 2019 with the successful equity raise of $37.0 million in net proceeds from an underwritten public offering.

For the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, OncoCyte incurred a net loss of $ 5.4 million, or $(0.10) per share, as compared to $4.5 million, or $(0.12) per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

Operating expenses, as reported, for the three months ended June 30, 2019 were $5.5 million, an increase of $1.2 million as compared to the same period in 2018. Operating expenses, as adjusted, for the three months ended June 30, 2019, were $4.3 million, an increase of $1.3 million as compared to the same period in 2018.

The reconciliation between operating expenses determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in United States (GAAP) and operating expenses, as adjusted, a non-GAAP measure, is provided in the financial tables included at the end of this press release.

Research and development expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 were $1.5 million as compared to $2.3 million for the same period in 2018, a decrease of $0.8 million.  This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in $0.7 million in amortization expense of intangible assets, reflecting a $0.6 million noncash impairment charge recorded as of June 30, 2018 related to intangible assets mainly comprised of patents and patent rights for therapeutic uses that OncoCyte no longer plans to develop or commercialize. There was no amortization expense recorded for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2019 were $3.6 million, as compared to $1.3 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of $2.3 million. This increase is primarily attributable to investment banking related expenses; personnel and related expenses, including management transition costs; legal, recruiting, accounting, audit and tax services expenses; stock-based compensation expense due to additional equity grants, including to  new hires;  financial advisory expenses; and expenses of meetings, conferences and seminars.

Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended June, 2019 were $0.3 million, as compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2018, a decrease of $0.3 million. Although OncoCyte reduced its sales and marketing related expenses during the periods reported, in late May 2019, OncoCyte hired a Senior Vice President of Marketing and Market Access, and expects that sales and marketing expenses will increase  as it continues to build a sales and marketing team, at the appropriate time, for the planned commercialization of DetermaVu.

Cash used in operations was $2.8 million for this quarter as compared to approximately $4.0 million during the second quarter in 2018, in line with OncoCyte’s expectations for the current quarter’s cash burn of around $1 million per month.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, August 14, 2019, at 4:30 pm EDT / 1:30 pm PDT to discuss the results along with recent corporate developments.

The dial-in number in the U.S./Canada is 877-407-9716; for international participants, the number is 201-493-6779. For all callers, please refer to Conference ID 13692586. To access the live webcast, go to the investor relations section on the Company’s website, http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=135362.

About OncoCyte Corporation

OncoCyte is focused on the development and commercialization of novel, diagnostic tests for the early detection and management of cancer, when it is most curable. OncoCyte has developed a proprietary liquid biopsy that can assess the immune system’s response to cancer at its earliest stages. The first application of this liquid biopsy is a blood test in development to aid in the diagnosis of lung cancer and reduce the need for risky and costly diagnostic procedures such as invasive lung biopsies.

OncoCyte Forward Looking Statements

Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” and similar expressions) are forward-looking statements. These statements include those pertaining to the time to complete and the results of the Company’s ongoing CLIA Validation study, implementation and results of research, development, clinical trials and studies, commercialization plans, future financial and/or operating results, and future opportunities for OncoCyte, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential diagnostic tests or products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, the capacity of our third-party supplied blood sample analytic system to provide consistent and precise analytic results on a commercial scale, the need and ability to obtain future capital, maintenance of intellectual property rights, and the need to obtain third party reimbursement for patients’ use of any diagnostic tests we commercialize. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and accordingly such statements should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the business of OncoCyte, particularly those mentioned in the “Risk Factors” and other cautionary statements found in OncoCyte’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, which are available from the SEC’s website. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. OncoCyte undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.

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June 30, 2019  
(Unaudited) December 31, 2018
CURRENT ASSETS            
Cash and cash equivalents $ 35,826       $ 8,034  
Marketable equity securities   518         428  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   720         180  
Total current assets   37,064         8,642  
Machinery and equipment, net   413         614  
Deposits and other noncurrent assets   189         262  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 37,666       $ 9,518  
Amount due to BioTime and affiliates $ 5       $ 2,101  
Accounts payable   556         166  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   2,486         2,109  
Loan payable, current, net of deferred financing costs   769         800  
Financing lease liability, current   245         385  
Total current liabilities   4,061         5,561  
Loan payable, net of deferred financing costs, noncurrent     -          347  
Financing lease liability, noncurrent   100         187  
TOTAL LIABILITIES   4,161         6,095  
Preferred stock, no par value, 5,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding   -         -  
Common stock, no par value, 85,000 shares authorized; 51,973 and 40,664 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively   114,071         74,742  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   -         -  
Accumulated deficit   (80,566 )       (71,319 )
Total shareholders' equity   33,505         3,423  


Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,     June 30,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Research and development   $   1,508       $   2,322       $   2,851       $   3,784  
General and administrative       3,636           1,335           6,085           3,122  
Sales and marketing     318           569           523           1,227  
Total operating expenses       5,462           4,226           9,459           8,133  
Loss from operations       (5,462 )         (4,226 )         (9,459 )         (8,133 )
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES), NET                              
Interest income (expense), net       167           (56 )         147           (117 )
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable equity securities       (88 )         (223 )         90           (32 )
Other expenses, net      -            -            (25 )         (2 )
Total other income (expenses), net       79           (279 )         212           (151 )
NET LOSS   $   (5,383 )     $   (4,505 )     $   (9,247 )     $   (8,284 )
Net loss per share: basic and diluted   $   (0.10 )     $   (0.12 )     $   (0.19 )     $   (0.24 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding: basic and diluted     51,973           38,708         49,324           35,211  


    Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019       2018  
Net loss   $ (9,247 )     $ (8,284 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:              
Depreciation expense     194         207  
Amortization of intangible assets     -         121  
Amortization of prepaid maintenance     18         -  
Impairment charge for intangible assets     -         625  
Stock-based compensation     1,388         735  
Unrealized (gain) loss on marketable equity securities     (90 )       32  
Amortization of debt issuance costs     22         44  
Other     26         22  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Amount due to BioTime and affiliates     (2,096 )       1  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (540 )       (214 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     767         1  
Net cash used in operating activities     (9,558 )       (6,710 )
Purchase of equipment      (18 )       (22 )
Security deposit and other      54         -  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     36         (22 )
Proceeds from exercise of options     943         56  
Proceeds from sale of common shares     40,250         10,000  
Financing costs to issue common shares      (3,252 )       (65 )
Repayment of loan payable      (400 )       (400 )
Repayment of financing lease obligations     (227 )       (165 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     37,314         9,426  
At beginning of the period     8,034         7,600  
At end of the period   $ 35,826       $ 10,294  


Non-GAAP Financial Measures                    
This earnings release includes operating expenses prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP), and includes certain historical non-GAAP operating expenses. In particular, OncoCyte has provided non-GAAP total operating expenses, adjusted to exclude noncash stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, an impairment charge for intangible assets, and certain warrants expense. Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. However, OncoCyte believes the presentation of non-GAAP total operating expenses, when viewed in conjunction with our GAAP total operating expenses, is helpful in understanding OncoCyte’s ongoing operating expenses and its programs.
Furthermore, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in the aggregate to establish budgets and operational goals, to manage OncoCyte’s business and to evaluate its performance and its programs.
OncoCyte Corporation  
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure  
Adjusted Operating Expenses  
  Amounts In Thousands Amounts In Thousands
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Six Months Ended
June 30,   June 30,
  2019   2018 2019 2018  
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
GAAP Operating Expenses - as reported   $ 5,462   $ 4,226   $ 9,459   $ 8,133  
Stock-based compensation expense    (701 )   (389 )   (1,388 )   (735 )
Impairment charge for intangible assets   -     (625 )   -     (625 )
Noncash warrant expense   (329 )   -     (329 )   -  
Depreciation and amortization expense   (84 )   (164 )   (194 )   (328 )
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses, as adjusted $ 4,348   $ 3,048   $ 7,548   $ 6,445  

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